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I love eating bright, beautiful, healthy food.  Here are 6 vegan recipes that fit that description- one each for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Bon appétit!

1.  Grilled Radicchio by Canadian Living  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits:  Radicchio is high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins like A, B, C, and K.  The vegetable is also high in  Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and B vitamins! Another bonus: Lactucopicrin, which has a sedative and analgesic (painkilling) effect.

2.  Thai Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by The Sweet Life  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits: Sweet potatoes are loaded in beta carotone (Vitamin A), vitamin C, manganese, tryptophan, potassium, fiber, B-Vitamins and more!

3.  Pulsin’ Mexican Corn Soup by Including Cake  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits: This soup is filled with fiber and protein from the lentils and beans while its peppers add vitamin C,  vitamin B-6, magnesium, vitamin A, carotenoids, and antioxidants.

4. Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds by The Food Network  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits: Edamame are the perfect complete snacking food! They are packed with protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, thiamin, folate, and vitamin K.  The black sesame seeds add magnesium and calcium.

5.  French Toast for Two with Blueberries by That’s So Vegan  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits: Blueberries are some of the highest anti-oxidant value fruits in the world and contain lots of cancer-fighting phytochemicals.  Pile them on this delicious vanilla cinnamon french toast!

6. Purple Yam Chocolate Cake & Frosting by Divine Healthy Food  {view recipe}
Nutritional Benefits: The purple yam shares all the amazing benefits listed for the sweet potatoes in recipe #2 with an extra boost of health-protecting Anthocyanin, the pigment that creates the purple color.

Last weekend, I made this adorable gingerbread house with Ryan, one of my best friends.  We sipped Silk nog and apple cider and decorated for hours.  It was exhausting and messy but so much fun to make!  It was the perfect way to spend a snowy Saturday.  For the house and royal icing, I followed this vegan recipe.

Instead of cutting the house’s pieces out by hand, I used a mold. Here is the mold I used.  It worked really well except that I put way too much dough in the mold. The pieces of the roof came out very thick and felt like a brick!  We were worried the house wouldn’t stand.  So… I’d recommend filling your molds about half way with your gingerbread dough and pushing it down by hand.

In the end, our gingerbread house is standing and holding tons of candy thanks to the super tacky royal icing. Here’s how we constructed the house:

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After a jump into the 60s last week, today’s 40 degree weather felt very chilly. It’s time for cold weather comfort foods!  Soup, roasted vegetables, creamed kale, indulgent breakfast, and vegan grilled cheese are all on my “to make” list this winter.  All recipes are dairy and egg free.  Visit my Vegan Recipes & Foods Pinterest board for more cooking inspiration!

1. Creamed Kale by Quiche-a-Week  view recipe
—->Kale’s nutritional benefits: iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and antioxidants!
2. Smoked Tofu Benedict by The Pear & the Purple Peach  view recipe
—->Nutritonal yeast is loaded with B vitamins and this recipe also uses my favorite superfood: kale.
3.  French Onion Soup & Vegan Grilled Cheese by Olives for Dinner  view recipe
—->Onions are known for their anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties in addition to many other health benefits!
4. Bell Pepper Corn Soup by Eating Richly  view recipe
—->Bell pepper nutritional benefits: tons of vitamin C, vitamin A, carotenoids, and antioxidants.
5.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Balsamic Syrup by Lauren’s Latest  view recipe
—->Brussels sprouts nutritional benefits: vitamin A, vitamin C, folacin, potassium, calcium, phytochemicals, and protein!

Last night, I finally tried a recipe I pinned months ago from Chocolate-Covered Katie,  ”Homemade Krispy Kreme Doughnuts- The Healthy Version“.  I am in love!  Don’t be fooled by the title- they don’t taste like Krispy Kreme but they are so delicious and really easy to make.  From prep to finish, mine took only about 45 minutes.

I used almond milk for the doughnut mix and added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for a little extra flavor.  I also opted to make a different glaze (recipe below).  I was so excited to finally use the pans I ordered months ago when I first found the recipe!  Here are some options of doughnut and mini doughnut pans if you don’t already have them.

After the doughnuts cooled, I finished them 3 ways:  Cinnamon Sugar, Coconut, and Powdered Sugar.  For the powdered sugar doughnuts, just throw each in a ziplock bag with some confectioners sugar and shake.  For the Cinnamon Sugar and Coconut,  I dipped them in a vanilla glaze then flipped them on plates with cinnamon and sugar or shredded coconut and pressed until they were coated.

The glaze was simple to make:  I whisked together almond milk (you can use any non-dairy milk) and confectioners sugar until I got the consistency I wanted then added a bit of vanilla extract.

These doughnuts are so light that it’s hard not to eat the whole batch in a day! Happy baking!

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of my going vegan! In some ways, it seems like it’s been much longer than 2 years- almost as if I was born like this. On the other hand, I can’t believe I’m sticking to a plan that was only supposed to last a month!

I had tried, unsuccessfully, to go vegetarian as a young child when I learned that chicken came from…chicken. My experience was similar to the little boy in the adorable viral video who learns that the octopus on his plate is actually a real, chopped up octopus:
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Happy First Day of Fall! It’s time to pick apples, bake homemade pies and warm bread, drink fresh cider, carve pumpkins, eat creamy soup, and take comfort in all things Autumn. Here are five of my favorite vegan recipes for the Fall plucked from my Vegan Recipes & Foods Pinterest board.

1. Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes by Oh My Veggies view recipe
2. Roasted Fall Vegetables with Lentils by Whole Living view recipe
3. Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie by Healthy. Happy. Life. view recipe
4. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup by Allyson Kramer view recipe 
5. Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Layer Cake by Healthy. Happy. Life. view recipe

I made this amazing Vegan Potato Salad with Dill, Shallot, and Peas for the 4th of July and haven’t stopped thinking about it since! I normally don’t even like potato salad so this creation surprised me. I’ll be going on vacation next week (finally!), and I think this recipe will be the perfect addition for an end-of-summer cookout.
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These are my favorite non-toxic, cruelty-free cleaning products by great companies like Method, Mrs. Meyers, Grab Green, and BabyGanics.  Click on links beside each item to view on Amazon.
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{Kitchen}
Grab Green Dishwashing Detergent Pods view on www.amazon.com
Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Dish Soap in Basil view on www.amazon.com
Grab Green Degreaser Cleaner view on www.amazon.com
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes view on www.amazon.com

{Toy & Highchair}
BabyGanics The Cleaner Upper Toy & Highchair Cleaner view on www.amazon.com

{Floors}
Method Squirt + Mop Wood Cleaner  view on www.amazon.com
Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner in Basil view on www.amazon.com

{Laundry}
Method Laundry Detergent in Fresh Air  view on www.amazon.com

{Bathroom}
Method AntiBac Toilet Cleaner  view on www.amazon.com
Mrs. Meyer’s Bathroom Cleaner  view on www.amazon.com

{All-Purpose}
Grab Green All Purpose Surface Spray in Thyme with Fig Leaf  view on www.amazon.com

{Glass}
BabyGanics The Sparkle Maker Glass & Surface Cleaner  view on www.amazon.com

{Wood}
Method Wood for Good Polish view on www.amazon.com

{Marble & Granite}
Method Daily Granite Polish view on www.amazon.com

Today is National Lasagna Day! This is one of my favorite recipes from my Vegan Recipes & Foods Pinterest board. Doesn’t it look delicious?  It is the Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Cheeze from Oh She Glows, photographed and reviewed by 86 Lemons.  Basil cashew cheese is one of the best vegan foods I’ve been introduced to in the last couple years!  It is so diverse:  you can spread it on bread and crackers, bake it on pizza, make creamy sauce with it, or cover it with breadcrumbs and pan fry!  Make your own following the recipe above or buy a pre-made version, like the amazing basil cashew spread called Basilcotta from Regal Vegan.

Sunday, July 21st is National Ice Cream Day! With the heat wave we’re enduring, I’m welcoming any excuse to enjoy one or two frozen desserts this weekend. After going vegan in 2011, I mourned the loss of ice cream as if I’d lost a beloved friend. I’m not kidding. I had been the kid who spent all my allowance on the ice cream truck and who snuck Breyers’ French Vanilla in Dixie cups any time my parents weren’t in the kitchen. In college, I had an obsession- borderline addiction- to frozen Twix bars and Black Raspberry Frappes. I thought, maybe this will wear off after college? Maybe it’s like all the beer and pizza I am consuming right now…just a phase? Nope. The beer and pizza quickly disappeared but my love of the frozen concoction followed me to NYC- I could still eat it any time of day, any kind of weather but…it never quite agreed with my stomach. I endured the hours of bloating for the 5-10 minutes of indulgence over and over, year after year, until the day I went vegan in 2011 and almost immediately realized the negative effect dairy had been having on my body.
 
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These are some of my favorite cruelty-free, vegan products to beautify from head to toe.

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This week, I decided to try a bite-size version of the frozen banana pops I often make in the summer. I made the little snacks on a hot and sticky afternoon and they were the most delicious, icy treats! As you probably know, when bananas are frozen, they take on a consistency almost like ice cream and are such an easy, healthy alternative to frozen dairy desserts. I made two versions:

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On Friday, we celebrated Katia’s birthday with champagne, Dr. Cow vegan cashew cheese, Basilcotta, Faux Gras and delicious cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes.

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1. Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ophelia, NSFW, Grandma (view on www.occmakeup.com)
2. Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tink by Urban Decay Score (view on www.urbandecay.com)
3. Color Quench Jumbo Lip Tiny by Pacifica Blood Orange (view on www.pacificaperfume.com)
4. Lush Lush Mascara by Urban Decay (view on www.urbandecay.com)
5. Loose Colour Concentrates by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pale Creme Shimmer, Peach/Pink Shimmer (view on www.occmakeup.com)
6. READY Bronzer by bareMinerals The High Dive (view on www.bareescentuals.com)
7. Liquid Eyeliner Pen by Blinc (view on www.sephora.com)
8. Call of the Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Palette by Tarte (view on www.tartecosmetics.com)
9. De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay (view on www.urbandecay.com)
10. 24/7 Concealor Pencil by Urban Decay (view on ww.urbandecay.com)
11. Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer (view on www.tartecosmetics.com)

!Feliz Cinco De Mayo!  We chose 5 vegan Mexican-inspired dishes to share with you today.  These pictures have us salivating for cilantro, lime, and spice!  Click on each picture for the recipe.

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